Many people are staying home to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. While politicians and celebrities are encouraging social distancing to help flatten the curve, some TikTok users are doing the opposite. Recently on Twitter, a California influencer was hospitalized after participating in the Coronavirus toilet licking challenge.
The 21-year-old man, who goes by "Larz" on Instagram, is also known for his viral videos where he licked tubs of ice cream in supermarkets.
On March 22, he shared a Twitter video from his hospital bed, claiming to have contracted the coronavirus.
This came only two days after he posted photos of himself licking a public toilet seat. This "TikTok challenge" was reportedly started by Ava Louise, who filmed herself licking a public toilet seat while she was on a flight.
Even Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan called Larz a "moron" after learning about his actions, and took to Twitter to share some thoughts on the matter.
"Why is this complete moron getting treated? He should be in jail, not taking up a vital hospital bed," he wrote.
According to the Washington Examiner, Morgan went on to say "Karma is a strange thing. If you behave in such a reckless, moronic, selfless manner, karma will catch up with you.”
He went on to say, "I don't take any pleasure, I don't wish illness on people, but this has got to stop. These acts of reckless stupidity. That guy who licked the toilet bowl, did he infect anyone else?"
A kid who licked toilets as part of the #CoronaVirusChallenge says he's now in the hospital with coronavirus.… https://t.co/Gq2WF9R1lC— Pardes Seleh (@Pardes Seleh)1584997960.0
Larz has not yet responded to the criticism of his actions or posted since his hospitalization.
Earlier this week, a Missouri man was arrested for licking items in a Wal-Mart in a similar social media challenge.
@sxnnyzoey @Breezingblue @RamiStansVeemo @GAYSHAWNMENDES He actually got suspended. https://t.co/JDNv10ZKph— 𝓜𝓲𝓵𝓵𝔂 𝓡𝓸𝓬𝓴 𝓖𝓸𝓰𝓮𝓽𝓪 Parody Gogeta (@𝓜𝓲𝓵𝓵𝔂 𝓡𝓸𝓬𝓴 𝓖𝓸𝓰𝓮𝓽𝓪 Parody Gogeta)1584996843.0
Snapchat users submitted his video to local police, which became a basis for the arrest.